18 year old Newcastle central midfielder Olivier Kemen has joined the first team squad for the rest of the season, so it seems like the player we signed 19 months ago from Metz just before his 17th birthday, is making really good progress at the club.
Olivier Kemen after signing in July, 2013
The 5’9″ tall Kemen played for Newcastle in the game at Morpeth on Tuesday night, which we lost 3-1, and after the game Development manager Peter Beardsley had this to say about the 18 year-old:
“He is a powerful lad and obviously has ability but he has to learn to get the ball back.”
“When he runs with the ball he looks like a proper player but there are two sides to the game and he has to do both sides.”:
“At the moment he trains with the first team a lot and eventually he will get it.”
Kemen was really highly rated when we brought him in and he seems to be progressing nicely on Tyneside and he’s played for France at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels.
Olivier has played regularly for the Newcastle U21 side, and he has made 21 appearances for them with one goal and two assists.
There were reports he could be loaned out last month bit nothing came of that.
However, it may be a good time to send Olivier out on loan next season, maybe for the first half of the season so he can get some first team games.
Newcastle youngsters have to prove themselves by going out on loan, doing well at their loan club and improving their play.
A good example of that was with Mehdi Abeid, whose Newcastle career seemed over when he went on loan to Panathinaikos in the summer of 2013, and he had a great season scoring 10 goals in 38 appearances in Greece.
He’s been injured this season but has made 8 appearances for the Newcastle first team this season and could start at Manchester City on Saturday afternoon.
With the way Mike Ashley is running Newcastle, one way we can build a good side is by bringing in top youngsters from the continent and develop them into top class players.
Then hopefully they can play for at least a couple of seasons before they are sold to a top club for a huge profit.
Newcastle have not been too successful in dong that over the last seven years.
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